[Ed. 7/21: The last names of Afghan filmmakers and images of those still in the country have been removed due to the increasing insecurity in Afghanistan.]
A camera moves among woman working their last day on a job site. As they joke and fight - accusing each other of being prostitutes, liars, and racists - the mood repeatedly shifts between belly laughs and rage. The women are left waiting for hours for their pay by the charity that administers the cash-for-work program. As they wait, they consider what debts they’ll pay off, what food they’ll buy, and how they’ll stay warm during the approaching winter. There is lively discussion about what happens to all the aid that never reaches them, and whether Karzai is a crook or a servant of the people.
Is the camera revealing anything truthful, or simply inciting these women to present what they think ‘the other’ wants to hear - or what might get them something from the world on the other side of the camera? Who is on the other side of that camera anyway? 20 min.
For the full film: vimeo.com/187210397
Qasem grew up in Sari Pul and Balk provinces and studied film at the Cinema and Fine Arts department at Kabul University. Previously he produced a short video report on carpet making, served as a sports reporter for a community newspaper, and worked as a freelance production assistant.
Direction and Camera by Qasem
Editing by Hamed
Sound by Mona
Further information: csfilm.org/films/fruit-of-our-labor/